THE «CELLULE» FROM PAST TO PRESENT
In the 50's and 60's
The Catholic Church, particularly in Quebec, is responsible for the main health and educational services. Gradually, the state came to recognize and fulfil its responsibilities in these fields of activity.
From the 70's to the 90's
Following the great social changes caused by the Quiet Revolution, the Church's participation in the effort to support the youth took two forms:
Pastoral animation in schools
Implemention of a youth movement regarded as a continuation of denominational school activities. Thus in the diocese of St-Hyacinthe, the ”Cellule jeunesse” was born
Adults acted to bring young people together and guide their development with projects that were related to their needs, provided them with structure, and were beneficial to society.
END OF THE 90's
Several Cellule Jeunesse, funded by Catholic parishes, recorded a gradual decline in participants. Only a few have reached the milestone of the new millennium and we are one of them.
The needs expressed by many young people, their families and their communities went well beyond the objectives set in the pastoral plan of action. With these needs requiring action, The Cellule continued to respond in an increasingly secular context.
The Cellule continued to meet increasingly complex, varied and extensive needs. It became no longer funded by the church but by the state and various service agreements.
The founder Yvette Lamontagne retires.
The Cellule offers its services to all age groups and works in close collaboration with the various local community organizations.